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U.N.: Settlers blocking West Bank springs

March 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations says Israeli settlers are taking over springs in the West Bank, making it difficult for Palestinians to obtain water.

A U.N. report alleges settlers are using threats, intimidation and fences to restrict access to 30 springs located near settlements, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday.

Eight of the springs are under full settler control, the report said.

The U.N. said the springs are the single largest water source for irrigation and a significant source for watering livestock. The springs are also a source of water for domestic consumption.

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